Just a few years back, Dell said it didn’t want to mimic sloppy behemoths like IBM or HP and, instead, wanted to be lean and focus on the mid-market.
But after a US$67 billion merger with EMC in 2016, the new company called Dell Technologies is a full-bodied systems integrator, offering hardware, networking, storage, and services.
In the meanwhile, the company’s rivals slimmed down. The new Hewlett-Packard Enterprise focuses on data-center hardware, while IBM focuses on software.
Dell Technologies is taking a page from Alphabet, a bunch of autonomous companies like Google working together. Dell Technologies includes hardware company Dell and storage provider EMC, with many independent operational units that have combined to strengthen the company’s infrastructure stack.